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Pathological Curiosity and Artistic Meandering
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About.

Artist Statement and CV

General Info

Name: Katherine Cunningham
Also goes by: Kate

Born: 1982  in Cincinnati, Ohio USA

 

Artist Statement

My artistic biography begins with a negation. At the age of sixteen a car accident broke my neck and took away my ability to read. With abject sensibility, with science on their side, a team of neurosurgeons sentenced me to a life without words (and then went about their day). Scientific training, statistics, the photograph, proof, all have the potential to be synonyms for finality. This is what we know. And now we may move on. The language of rational objectivism and materialist science are designed to offer the comfort of truth. Such things do not bind the dark complexity of the human spirit. The core of my work contains these conflicts, ideological certainty versus the traces of the irrational, and always, always the search for alternatives.

I regained the ability to read, but with that a fascination with the idea of the accident. There is a raw power to the unexpected, that which can immediately strip one of all sense of propriety, of societal codes, and reveal a fragile self. And I’m fascinated by the psychological aftermaths, our extensive efforts to prevent accidents, and of our contradictory search for meaning in the accident when it occurs. On a larger scope, I am fascinated by the accidents of history and the longing to replace the tragic, repair the tragic, deny the tragic with a new, and better future.

How do we describe all of this to ourselves? And how can we hold onto our own descriptions? For the subtle richness of our own identity is in constant dialogue with contemporary mass media as personal experience is mitigated by the realism of representation, the declarations of marketing, and the potential for replacing individual memory with its televised counterpart. Stripped of our own stories we open ourselves to be defined and define by clichés, to be dullified by generalizations, and motivated by symbolic language: hope, freedom, change, now more than ever. Collective memory should be a contested media in which historical pasts and current paradigms are both made and remade in constant interaction with all sorts of new facts and simulations. So that when we observe and explain the world to ourselves it expands rather than contracts. Complexity and contradiction embraced as a form of resistance- empowered incomprehension.

I am trained as a photographer. I use light and time and very often a lens. I am also a cartographer, a historian, a linguist, and a political theorist. Research is my medium.

Education

2011 MASTER OF MUSIC (ArtScience)
ArtScience Interfaculty
Koninklijik Conservatorium- Den Haag THE NETHERLANDS

2008 MASTER OF FINE ARTS (photography)
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA
Graduate Teaching Fellowship

2004 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS (photography)
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri USA

2002 Goldsmiths College, University of London- London, UNITED KINGDOM
Semester Abroad, Spring and Summer Terms 2002

2000 DIPLOMA WITH HONORS
Oak Hills High School- Cincinnati, Ohio USA

Exhibitions

* solo shows marked by asterisk

2012 EAVESDROPPING
Stroom Ondertussen- Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS

2011 BLIKOPENER FESTIVAL
Reitveldtheater- Delft, THE NETHERLANDS

* YOU SAY YOU HOPE TO WANT A REVOLUTION
Eindexamen Exposition, Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten- Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS

MASH UP
Gallery at Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten- Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS

HOOGTIJ #25
TAG GAllery- Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES
TAG Gallery- Den Haag, THE NETHERLANDS

2009 * SAD GIRL/ CLEVER BOY
Patti and Rusty Rueff Gallery
Purdue University- West Lafayette, Indiana USA

2008 * WITH GOD ON THEIR SIDE, Thesis Exhibition
Snite Museum of Art
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

RESIDENCY EXHIBITION
South Bend Regional Museum of Art- South Bend, Indiana USA

2007 SELECTED WORKS
Pingyao International Photography Festival- Pingyao, CHINA

29th ELKHART JURIED REGIONAL ART EXHIBITION
Midwest Museum of American Art- Elkhart, Indiana USA

2006 ARTBEAT
Crossroads Gallery- South Bend, Indiana USA

2005 NEW FACES
Crossroads Gallery- South Bend, Indiana USA

2004 B.F.A. EXHIBITION
Steinberg Gallery
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri USA

ART IS EVERYTHING
Ft. Gondo Gallery- St. Louis, Missouri USA

PHYSIOGNOMY OF A PHOTOGRAPHER
Des Lee Gallery- St. Louis, Missouri USA

SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN (juried)
The Shoe Warehouse Gallery- St. Louis, Missouri USA

2003 21 DAYS: A DOCUMENTATION OF WASHINGTON AVENUE
Des Lee Gallery- St. Louis, Missouri USA

2002 HORRORS
SEEN Gallery- St. Louis, Missouri USA

GAUCHE
St. Louis Art Co-op- St. Louis, Missouri USA

WE ARE THE WORLD
Goldsmiths College Gallery- London, UNITED KINGDOM

Performances

2010 DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU BUT I LOOK GREAT
27 April, 2010, Koninklijk Conservatorium- Den Haag NL
28 April, 2010, Ostade Theater- Amsterdam NL
Collaboration with Michael Doocey, Sjaak Jobses, and Maya Verlaak

2009 KLASSENFOTO
17 December, 2009. KABK Lokaal PB301- Den Haag NL
Collaboration of the ArtScience Masters Students

Internships

2010 CLOS(AR): new forms of interactions with cultural heritage
V2_Institute for the Unstable Media- Rotterdam, Netherlands
Het Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid- Hilversum, Netherlands

Developed Augmented Reality concepts for use within an audio-visual archive.

2009 DASHBOARD VISUALIZATION PROJECT
Accu-Crete Inc., Alexandria, Virginia USA

Worked with a team of engineers from Stanford University to develop technology-enhanced learning systems that incorporated information visualization, persuasive technology, and visual pedagogical models.

Scholarships

2005-08 GRADUATE TEACHING FELLOWSHIP
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

2002-04 LUCY AND SHELDON SMITH SCHOLARSHIP
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri USA

2000-02 LAURA AND WILLIAM JENS SCHOLARSHIP
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri USA

Awards

2008 EFROYMSON FUND EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Central Indiana Community Foundation

2006 BEST IN COLLEGE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD (color category)
Photographer’s Forum Magazine

2001-04 DEAN’S LIST
Washington University in Saint Louis- St. Louis, MO

Grants

2007 CENTER FOR CREATIVE COMPUTING PRODUCTION GRANT
With Professor Maria Tomasula
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

Residencies

2012 ARTISTIC RESEARCH RESIDENCY with Judith van der Meede
Danslab
Den Haag, NL

2007 RESIDENCY MENTOR
South Bend Regional Museum of Art
South Bend, Indiana USA

Lectures

2009 SAD GIRL/ CLEVER BOY: performing the post-fem and glorifying adolescence
Brown Bag Lecture Series
Purdue University- West Lafayette, Indiana

2006-07 GUIDE TO GRADUATE SCHOOL (panel)
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana

2005 FIRST YEAR OUT
Department of Digital Imaging and Photography
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri

Publications

J.M. Vervoort et al., A Sense of Change: media designers and artists communicating about complexity in social-ecological systems (forthcoming Ecology and Society 2013).

Cunningham, Kate. “If Print is Dead Anything is Possible.” Review of Post-Digital Print: The Mutation of Publishing since 1894, by Alessandro Ludovico. Yapp Reader. Leiden: Brill, (forthcoming September 2013).

Yapp Reader. Leiden: Brill, (forthcoming September 2013). ill. 

Marangoni, Matteo, Kate Cunningham, and Stichting Centrum.  Eavesdropping: The Indiscretions of the Ear. Ando eg, 2011.

Cabinet of Curiosities Exhibition Catalogue. Edited by Katherine Cunningham. Den Haag: Stichting ArtScience, 2011.

Cunningham, Katherine. “With God on Their Side,” MFA thesis, University of Notre Dame, 2008.

“Regional Design Annual,” Print 61, no. 6 (2007): 186. ill.

Best of College Photography Annual 2006. Santa Barbara: Serbin Communications, 2006. cover ill.

Tomasula, Steve. The Book of Portraiture. Tallahassee: FC2, 2006. ills.

“Winners.” Photographer’s Forum, Summer 2006 41. ill.

“In(ter)vention,” Washington University Journal for the Arts, 2004, 81, 84. ills.

Professional and Artistic Affiliations

2010-2011 STICHTING ARTSCIENCE
Board Member and Secretary
http://stichting.interfaculty.nl/

STROOM DEN HAAG
Haagse kunstenaar
http://www.stroom.nl/

PRE
Artist Collective (Founder)- Den Haag, Netherlands

2005-09 SOCIETY FOR PHOTOGRAPHIC EDUCATION

2007-09 COLLEGE ARTS ASSOCIATION

Teaching Experience

2008-09 VISITING INSTRUCTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY AND RELATED MEDIA
Patti and Rusty Rueff Department of Visual and Performing Arts
Division of Art and Design
Purdue University- West Lafayette, Indiana USA

COURSES: Photography 1: Black and White Processes and Aesthetics; Photography II: Color Imaging and Studio Practice; The Constructed Image (Studio Lighting); Digital Media II: Web Design and Time-based Media; History of Photography I: 1839-1945; Advanced Studies in Photography and Related Media I; Graduate Seminar in Photography and Related Media; Graduate Thesis Committees (Co-Chair)

2008 VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

COURSE: Photography 1

2006-08 INSTRUCTOR OF RECORD
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Photography
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

COURSE: Photography 1

2005-06 TEACHING ASSISTANT
Graduate Teaching Assistantship, Photography
Department of Art, Art History, and Design
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana USA

COURSES: Photography 1, Color Photography

2004-05 EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
Educational Multimedia Company- St. Louis, Missouri USA

Developed and implemented Media Literacy curriculum for Junior High students

2001 ART ASSISTANT
Interlochen Camp for the Arts- Interlochen, Michigan USA

COURSES: Intermediate Painting and Drawing

Art-Related Experience

2010-11 CURATORIAL TEAM
ArtScience Colloquium Series
The ArtScience Interfaculty- Den Haag, Netherlands

2005-08 PREPARATOR
Notre Dame Photography Gallery
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana

2007 COLLECTION ARCHIVIST
TGP Print Collection
Snite Museum of Art
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana

2006 PHOTOGRAPHER
Girls’ School Project
Apache Corporation- Cairo, EGYPT

2005-06 DIGITAL IMAGING SPECIALIST
The Snite Museum of Art
University of Notre Dame- Notre Dame, Indiana

2004-05 PROJECT COORDINATOR
Metabolic Magic
The Educational Multimedia Company- St. Louis, Missouri

2004 ASSISTANT TO THE REGISTRAR
Contemporary Art Museum- St. Louis, Missouri

DOCUMENTATION ASSISTANT for Krzysztof Wodiczko
St. Louis Project- St. Louis, Missouri

2003-4 LAB TECHNICIAN
Department of Digital Imaging and Photography
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri

2001 RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Dr. John Hetts, Professor of Social Psychology
Washington University in St. Louis- St. Louis, Missouri

Contact.

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